Scott Scale 720 Plus review

Plus size hardtail that delivers a rapid and responsive ride

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£1,299.00 RRP

Our review

Scott’s agile, lightweight plus-bike crushes conventional hardtails and its own poor spec on rough trails
Buy if, You want a lightweight, upgradeable, plus-size hardtail at a great price
Pros: Super light, power efficient, agile and upgradeable frame that’ll also take 29er Boost wheels. Schwalbe’s plus tyres add a hovercraft float and rough trail tailwind without stubborn steering
Cons: Very poor fork spec for the money (but you can’t actually tell on the trail). The Fox forked, SRAM 1x11 driven 710 Plus is significantly better if you can afford an extra £600
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If we hadn’t have ridden the Scott Scale 720 Plus properly hard on our favourite fault finding full gas trails, there’s no way it would have made it onto our list of favourite bargain mountain bikes.

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The Deore gears and Suntour Raidon fork are essentially the same as the Voodoo Bizango for less than half the price. While it’s OK at that price it’s certainly not a fork we’d normally be happy to see the far side of £1,000 either. So why was the Scale one of our favourite bargain rides and one of the bikes we really wanted to keep afterwards?

Rather than raking out the fork enduro style like most plus tyre bikes we’ve ridden, Scott keeps the steering angle relatively steep

It’s a two part answer, and the first part — perhaps controversially — is plus sized tyres. While we’ve been testing them all year, it’s mostly been on more expensive bikes where comparable conventional tyres have been backed up by sorted, sensitive suspension forks.

However, it’s immediately obvious that plus tyres can make comparatively crap, clunky suspension feel better than something like a RockShox Sektor and a conventional tyre.

You get the same smoothing, semi suspension effect out back, but even more so in this case as the Scott Scale has a very high quality race ready frame anyway.

Schwalbe's plus tyres
Schwalbe’s plus tyres
Russell Burton

The Schwalbe plus tyres themselves are really good too, seemingly more survivable than most, when tubeless, as well as — weirdly — both faster and grippier.

Rather than raking out the fork enduro style like most plus tyre bikes we’ve ridden, Scott keeps the steering angle relatively steep, making it much easier to twist the bigger, stickier contact patch round to change direction or correct lines.

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Add a 12.61kg weight and you’ve got an outstandingly floated and trail smoothing ride that’s rapid and responsive enough to leave conventional hardtails standing.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Scale 720 Plus
Brand Scott

Description Geometry based on size Large
Rear Hub Syncros CL148S
Top Tube (in) 24.69
Standover Height (in) 32.64
Seat Tube (in) 18.9
Chainstays (in) 17.28
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 12.4
Spoke Type Stainless Black 15G / 1.8mm
Shifters Shimano Deore SL-M610 Rapidfire plus
Seatpost Syncros FL2.5 / 31.6mm
Seat Angle 72.8
Saddle Syncros XM2.5
Rims Syncros X-40
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron / 2.80x27.5 67EPI Kevlar Bead / Dual compound Performance Series
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT RD-M781 SGS / DM Shadow Type / 20 Speed
Available Sizes S M L XL
Headset Type Syncros OE / Tapered
Head Angle 67.6
Handlebar Syncros FL2.0 T-Bar Alloy 6061D.B
Front Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron / 2.80x27.5 67EPI Kevlar Bead / Dual compound Performance Series
Front Hub Syncros CL811
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore FD-M618-E
Frame Material Scale PLUS Alloy Custom Butted Superlight Tubing
Fork Suntour Raidon RL-R / Air Boost
Cranks Shimano FC-M627-B Boost 2-piece Design 36x22 T
Chain KMC X10
Cassette Shimano CS-HG50-10 11-36 T
Brakes Shimano M425 Disc J-Kit 180/F and 160/Rmm SM-RT54 CL Rotor
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-MT500-PA
Wheelbase (in) 45.64